Courses at the Kent Archaeological Field School for 2017 include:
May Bank Holiday Saturday 27 to Monday 29 May 2017: An introduction to archaeological field walking and test pitting on the site of a newly discovered Roman villa at Sittingbourne
On this Bank Holiday weekend we shall look at the ways in which archaeological sites are found. Field walking techniques will be tested in the field and test pits dug to confirm the extent of the Roman villa at Borden. Cost £25 for the week for non members, members free.
29 May to 16 June 2017: Excavating at ‘Villa B’ at Oplontis next to Pompeii in Italy
We will be spending three weeks in association with the University of Texas investigating the Roman Emporium (Villa B) at Oplontis next to Pompeii. The site offers a unique opportunity to dig on iconic World Heritage Site in Italy and is a wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity. Cost is £175 a week which does not include board or food but details of where to stay are available (Camping is 12EU a day and the adjacent hotel 50EU or Airbnb). Email Paul Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details
1-20 August 2017: The investigation of a substantial Roman building at Faversham in Kent
Three weeks investigating a substantial Roman building to find out its form and function. This is an important Roman building and part of a larger Roman villa complex which may have its own harbour. One of the research questions we will be tackling is the buildings marine association with the nearby tidal waterway. Cost for the day £10 (Members free).
7-13 August 2017: Training week for students on a Roman villa near Faversham in Kent
It is essential that anyone thinking of digging on an archaeological site is trained in the procedures used in professional archaeology. Dr Paul Wilkinson, author of the best-selling ‘Archaeology’ book and director of the dig, will spend five days explaining to participants the methods used in modern archaeology. A typical training day will be classroom theory in the morning (at the Field School) followed by excavation at a Roman villa near Faversham.
Topics taught each day are:
Monday 7 August: Why dig?
Tuesday 8 August: Excavation techniques
Wednesday 9 August: Site survey
Thursday 10 August: Archaeological recording
Friday 11 August: Pottery identification
Saturday and Sunday (free) digging with the team
A free PDF copy of ‘Archaeology’ (3rd Edition) will be given to participants. Cost for the course is £100 if membership is taken out at the time of booking. Non-members £125. Certificate of Attendance. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. For directions to the Field School see ‘Where’ on www.kafts.co.uk and for camping nearby see ‘Accommodation’ on www.kafs.co.uk.
4-17 September 2017: Investigation of prehistoric features at Hollingbourne in Kent
An opportunity to participate in excavating and recording prehistoric features in the landscape. The week is to be spent in excavating Bronze and Iron Age features located with aerial photography and geophysical survey. Cost is £10 a day for non-members, members free.
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